Does anyone know if its possible to wean someone off of oxygen after theyve been on it for years?
When my PALS got his trach and later went on his vent, his pulmo automatically put him on oxygen (dumb). I know of other folks who have been on a vent for alot longer than him that dont use oxygen at all.
He says he can tell right away if his oxygen isnt on... even though his stats dont drop. There was one time he was off of it for 6 hours and his stats were still in the safe zone, though he felt very uncomfortable.
The reason Im wondering is because life would be quite a bit easier (travel and power outages) if we didnt have to deal with the O2 as well.